Performing arts

Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London and Online

City Lit offers performing arts courses in the heart of Covent Garden in Central London during the evening, daytime and at weekends. Explore our range of subjects including acting(including accredited acting courses)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic theory and history

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist advisor to help you choose the right level. If you would you like some help or advice:

For music courses email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email drama@citylit.ac.uk

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Shakespeare and the body
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Unlock Shakespeares hidden physical language through the work of Lecoq, Meisner, Michel Chekhov and Grotowski as we discover a deeper, more physically rooted and emotionally driven connection with Shakespeares work. No experience is needed for this short intensive course however an openness to explore and to develop text and physical performance simultaneously is necessary.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00
  2. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Fine-tune your audio skills by performing in a BBC radio drama on this weekend workshop in the media studio. For those with lots of previous experience, either through courses or industry.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
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  3. Improve your speaking voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Oct 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lloyd Wylde
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This Saturday course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
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  4. Drama therapy
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy as a working model on this introductory course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will develop some of the essential skills and use a range of methods to engage with others. Fun and insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  5. Screen acting through Meisner technique
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Ever pondered how actors effortlessly deliver lines as if spoken for the first time? This 2 day intensive course delves into the art of spontaneity in every take. Through the foundational principles of the Meisner technique, discover the means to infuse authenticity into on-screen performances within a nurturing and fun setting.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
  6. Introduction to music production
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jun 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing so that you can turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
  7. Character voice for animation, stage and screen (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah English
    Character voices aren’t just for cartoons. Learn the tools and techniques you need to create new and unique character voices or to accurately imitate a historical or contemporary voice for animation, stage and screen. This course will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
  8. Directing theatre (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Working with an experienced theatre director, explore the multiple aspects of directing theatre productions, including rehearsal preparation, text analysis and research, collaborating with the design team, and techniques for getting the best performances from actors.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
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  9. Narration for podcast and documentary (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Spencer
    A fun and intensive workshop all about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes podcasts, e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice!
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
  10. Pentatonics and beyond: improvising in popular music
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Study how to improvise in popular music. These practical sessions are for players of any instrument. Get to grips with improvisation in this exploration of common scales and approaches to improv in pop, rock, blues, folk and jazz. We’ll look at blues scales, pentatonics, extension notes and more to help you get the most out of your improvisation.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £76.00
  11. Drama therapy: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    Investigate the role and function of drama therapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will explore aspects of Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre as methods for engaging with others. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
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  12. Charleston intensive
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    Test your limits and gain more confidence in solo dancing as we focus on improving your basic body movements, transitioning fluidly between moves, and improvising. This is suitable for those that have a good knowledge of Charleston dance or have completed our beginners courses.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  13. TV presenting for beginners (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but been unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read autocue, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time. All this in one weekend!
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £118.00
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  14. Jazz repertoire
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg, Della Rhodes
    Enjoy playing and improvising on familiar and new jazz repertoire in a mixed ensemble. For players with substantial experience of jazz playing, ear training techniques and harmony study. Tunes will be announced in advance of the course. Rhythm section places are limited so please check vacancies with the music department before you enrol.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
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  15. Flamenco: power and performance
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    This course, separate but complementary to the other summer Flamenco dance course, will focus on archetypal Flamenco dance steps and moves with emphasis on dancing style, performance presence and panache. The course will culimate in a short dance sequence with live guitar accompaniment. Suitable for men and women of all ages, from beginners to improvers.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
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